David Cassidy

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David Cassidy, in a still from The Partridge Family.

David Bruce Cassidy (born April 12, 1950) is an American actor and Musician who starred in the television series The Partridge Family from 1970 to 1974. He is the son of the late actor Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward.

Prior to The Partridge Family, Cassidy appeared in a number of television programs, among them Marcus Welby, M.D., The Mod Squad, Bonanza, and Ironside. When he first started working on The Partridge Family nobody knew that he could sing, until Cassidy himself brought it up. He then took over the lead vocals for The Partridge Family recordings and quickly became a teen idol. On The Partridge Family he played Keith Partridge, son of Shirley Partridge, who was played by Shirley Jones, Cassidy's real-life stepmother.

There were ten Partridge Family albums and several David Cassidy solo albums during the run of the show. Cassidy grew increasingly tired of playing the character of Keith Partridge and expressed his frustrations in a 1972 interview in Rolling Stone, for which he posed nude. He decided to leave the series in 1974. He toured for a while after the show ended, retiring from touring in 1975. He did continue to record after he left The Partridge Family and released several critically well-received albums on RCA during the 1970s. He also starred in an episode of Police Story in 1978 called A Chance to Live. He received an Emmy nomination for this role. Due to the success of the episode, NBC created a prime time show based on it called David Cassidy: Man Under Cover. The show was not a hit and was cancelled after one season.

In 1980, Cassidy had a cameo in the television movie, The Night the City Screamed. He also made a couple of small films in the 1990s. Cassidy has appeared in several Broadway musicals, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Blood Brothers. In 1996, he took over from Michael Crawford in the Las Vegas show, EFX. He also created a show about the Rat Pack, in which he occasionally made guest appearances playing Bobby Darin. The show ran very successfully in Las Vegas. In 2000 he appeared in the Las Vegas show David Cassidy At The Copa with co-star Sheena Easton.

Cassidy has recorded several solo albums and continues to record. He has rerecorded several Partridge Family songs and is still touring as of 2004. In January, 2005 he became the morning-show host for Chicago oldies station WJMK-FM, a position he lost on June 3, 2005 during their controversial sudden move to Jack FM.

Discography (Solo)

Discography (The Partridge Family)



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